Job Opportunities & Fellowships

Job Opportunities


GCOOS is pleased to announce that we have an opening for a newly funded position: Coordinator for the U.S. Underwater Glider User Group — UG2.

The Glider Community Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and further developing UG2, facilitating the exchange of information and expertise among glider users throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the broader U.S., including sharing best practices. The Coordinator will also be responsible for creating and supporting communications tools to allow for the exchange of ideas and the support of ongoing and new collaborative efforts and liaise with the CENOTE, a strategic partnership with the US Navy concerning unmanned systems development, transition and training.

The shared position is funded through the U.S. IOOS, will be housed at the Gulf Coast Research Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, and employed by GCOOS/Texas A&M University. Applicants should have glider and communications/coordination expertise. Salary commensurate with experience.

IOOS Program Office — Regional Coordinator

Serve as the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Regional Coordinator, managing existing regional partnerships and coordinating with NOAA programs; and lead U.S. IOOS certification efforts.

Lead IOOS engagement with the Regional Associations (RAs), identify opportunities for collaboration with RAs, NOAA programs, and Federal Partners, and develop analysis and recommendations for implementing new projects to IOOS Leadership.

Provide expert analysis on IOOS regional priorities and perspectives; provide analysis and recommendations on regional funding decisions and budget formulation.
Monitor and provide technical oversight of regional cooperative agreements; support grants administration and execution including coordinating funding actions with Regional Associations.

University of Southern Mississippi — Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Biological/Physical Oceanography to work on a research collaboration with a team of fisheries scientists and oceanographers at USM, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southeastern Fisheries Science Center (NOAA SEFSC), and NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (NOAA AOML).

MIT — Assistant Professor, tenure track position, Climate-Related Sciences

The MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences includes a vibrant and inter-disciplinary group in climate science that we seek to expand. We are especially interested in physical oceanography, atmospheric chemistry, and atmospheric dynamics, but we encourage applications from outstanding candidates in all sub-disciplines of climate science. We seek candidates who use any approach or combination of approaches, including observation, theory, modeling, and experimentation. Candidates should have the potential for innovation and leadership in research and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

NOAA Fisheries — Contract Position, Highly Migratory Species Management Division

NOAA Fisheries is looking for a fisheries data guru. They hope to hire someone with a solid background in data analysis/summary, database management/querying, model creation/evaluation, etc. Fisheries experience a plus. Work location is flexible and there are three separate announcements for the same position with different locations: Silver Spring, Maryland, St. Petersburg, Florida and Telework.

Florida International University — Open-rank faculty position in Phycology

The Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University is seeking qualified candidates for an Open Rank, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor position in Phycology. We are interested in scientists who use contemporary tools for understanding algae taxonomy, physiology and/or ecology, and who have prior experience applying this knowledge to detecting, modeling, and/or managing harmful microalgal blooms. Only candidates having significant transferable funding at the time of hiring will be considered for this position. The successful candidate is expected to benefit from, and broaden the ongoing network of collaborations among, an existing team of scientists addressing the chemistry of harmful algal blooms, and ecologists studying freshwater and coastal ecosystem dynamics, which are supported by core facilities including molecular biology, toxicology and nutrient analysis, among others. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded research program, supervise graduate students in our Ph.D. program, as well as teach undergraduate courses in their area of expertise, which might include microbiology, phycology, and/or freshwater or coastal ecology.

Mote Marine Laboratory Ocean Technology Program — Staff Scientist/Program Manager

The Ocean Technology Research Program of Mote Marine Laboratory has an opening for a full-time, Staff Scientist/Program Manager. The successful candidate should have a PhD, DSc, or equivalent in oceanography, marine science or engineering with experience in sensor and instrumentation development and deployment for the marine environment. Experience in interdisciplinary research, biogeochemical measurements and instrumentation, optics, autonomous instrument platforms, robotics, and/or ocean observing systems with strong engineering background will be advantageous. The successful candidate must have demonstrated capability to conceive, design and implement instrumentation or devices intended for application in their field of study. Hands-on experience with mechanical, electrical, optical or computer technology will be a rated metric in the selection process. US citizen status is required.
The successful candidate will manage an existing small engineering and ocean technology team and will be responsible for identifying additional personnel needs. The new program manager will interact with optical instrument developers, apply existing instrumentation on autonomous platforms (Webb gliders) and fixed stations, to research questions involving Harmful Algal Blooms under existing projects, lead the migration of existing instruments to additional generations and novel platforms, participate in regional and national ocean observing system activities such as SECOORA, GCOOS and IOOS, manage and enhance Mote’s existing Sarasota Operations – Coastal Ocean Observing Lab (SO-COOL) develop new instrumentation, and procure grants in support of his/her specific areas of interest.
Mote is an independent, not-for-profit, 501C(3) research and education institution. The position will be at the Staff Scientist level with the opportunity to advance to Senior Scientist. As a Staff Scientist, the successful candidate is expected to publish findings in peer reviewed professional publications and participate in professional organizations and meetings. The position also affords the opportunity for interactions with national and international visiting scientists, along with over 35 PhD-level fulltime Mote researchers from multiple disciplines, oversight of graduate students, Mote college student interns and volunteers, and to serve as Courtesy Faculty for research and research and teaching at various colleges and universities.
Interested applicants should submit a single electronic file in pdf format including, 1) a cover letter, 2) full resume or CV with complete publications list (accepted, in press, and in review), 3) a statement of research interests, and 4) the names and contact information for three references to Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled or December 31, 2019. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Expected starting salary will be approximately $75,000 per year, with a generous fringe benefits package.

Northern Gulf Institute — Research Associate & Assistant/Associate Research Professor

Mississippi State University has openings for a research associate and an assistant or associate research professor. Both positions will support the National Centers for Environmental Information.

Research Associate II—Marine Mammal Acoustic Technician — Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, University of Miami

We seek a research associate to join our group and work as a marine mammal acoustic technician in the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center’s Protected Resources and Biodiversity Division in Miami, FL. Research in the marine mammal laboratory at SEFSC is focused on assessing the distribution, seasonal density, and abundance of marine mammal stocks in the Gulf of Mexico, southeastern US waters of the North Atlantic, and the Caribbean.

Instructional Assistant Professor — Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University

The Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track Instructional Assistant Professor. This is a 9-month appointment for an initial three-year term, renewable contingent on performance and continued funding. We seek an energetic educator to lead efforts to develop cutting-edge fundamental Ocean Observing and Analysis courses and expand our catalog of online courses. The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester using effective pedagogical techniques in a combination of classroom and online settings, and develop new online course materials. Teaching opportunities also include field, high impact learning, and study abroad courses.

Interested candidates should submit electronic applications to: and must include the following: curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests and the names and addresses of at least three references. Screening of applications will begin May 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the Chair of the Instructional Assistant Professor Search Committee by emailing Dr. Steve DiMarco at

Postdoctoral Positions

University of Miami

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science invites applications for a Postdoctoral associate position at NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center. The work will involve interpreting and statistically analyzing large data sets, and testing and developing hypotheses related to red tide bloom dynamics and ecosystem impacts on Florida’s west coast.  The postdoc will also be involved in ongoing efforts/priorities outlined in the region’s red tide response plan, such as refining the red tide index, understanding ecosystem and/or fishery response to red tide, etc.

Gulf of Mexico IEA Project through the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physical or biological oceanography, marine ecology, marine biology, systems ecology, statistics or a related field. The work will involve interpreting and statistically analyzing large data sets, testing and developing hypotheses related to red tide bloom dynamics and ecosystem impacts on Florida’s west coast. The successful candidate should have experience with statistical analyses for oceanography and/or marine ecology, ideally with an emphasis on ecosystem or phytoplankton dynamics.

NRC Research Associateship Programs Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.



National Academies Graduate Fellowships

Applications are now open for the 2020 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship. In this 12-week program, early-career individuals are placed in different divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC — including the Gulf Research Program. Fellows gain hands-on experience in science and technology policy while learning about the role scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Applications accepted through Sept. 6, 2019.

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

This new fellowship program is for graduate students and based at the national estuarine research reserves. A two-year fellowship opportunity for MS and Ph.D. students will be available at each of the 29 coastal sites. Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies. Includes travel and stipend.